Am I affected by the illegal logging laws?
If you have a business that imports timber or timber products into Australia, the illegal logging laws affect you. You need to be aware of your responsibilities.
What do I need to do?
Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 came into operation in November 2012. Under the Act, it is now a criminal offence to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly import illegally logged timber or timber products into Australia. This prohibition applies to all imported timber and timber products.
This means that if you are importing timber or timber products into Australia and you receive information that it was illegally logged, or you have reason to suspect it was illegally logged, or you think that there is a significant risk that it was illegally logged, you should not import that timber.
If you do import that timber and it is later found that it was illegally logged, you could face significant penalties, including imprisonment and heavy fines (AUD$85,000 for an individual or AUD$425,000 for a corporation).
Requirements from 30 November 2014
Where can I find more information?
The department is here to help you comply with the illegal logging laws.
A suite of publications and guidance material is available under the
further information and resources section of the illegal logging webpage including:
- Country Specific Guidelines (CSG) – these will help you understand the legal frameworks for harvesting timber in those countries and assist you in carrying out due diligence obligations and
- Guidance for importers factsheets – these provide general information and your responsibilities as a timber importer under the illegal logging laws
The department has worked with industry to develop a range of education and guidance materials.
The Timber Development Association, with funding from the Australian Government and supported by the Australian timber products industry, has developed a range of tools and guidance that provide ways of satisfying the due diligence requirements. These are freely available from
Timber Due Diligence.
The Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF) with the Timber Development Association have also prepared a
Legality Compliance Toolkit to assist timber product importers understand, implement and comply with the requirements of the
Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 and the
Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012.
For further information on how the laws operate and whether they affect your business, you can contact the department via:
phone during business hours on 1800 657 313 or if outside of Australia +61 2 6272 3933
subscribe to the
illegal logging mailing list to stay informed of the release of any new information or guidance materials or any upcoming information events
Country specific guidelines
Papua New Guinea